Handbook Of Political Science Research On The Ussr And Eastern Europe

Handbook Of Political Science Research On The Ussr And Eastern Europe

by Ray Taras
     
 

How accurately did Western political scientists portray the political, economic, and social developments in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe over the last forty years? How did scholars' perspectives, methods, and findings differ, and what were the principal research trends during the Communist era that recently ended in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union? This

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How accurately did Western political scientists portray the political, economic, and social developments in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe over the last forty years? How did scholars' perspectives, methods, and findings differ, and what were the principal research trends during the Communist era that recently ended in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union? This comprehensive and definitive critical history of Soviet Studies takes stock of the achievements and shortcomings in Western research on the region's politics. It serves as a who's who of Western Sovietologists, and it identifies many prominent political scientists from the former Communist states.

This major reference opens with an overview of sources of research, an analysis of different approaches and perspectives to the study of the region since 1956, and an assessment of post-sovietological literature of the 1990s. The volume contains individual chapters on the former USSR and the eight East European states. Cross-national chapters include two on Soviet and East European international politics, two on Soviet and East European economic reforms, and one on comparative communist studies. An appendix points to Russian and East European research centers and programs around the world. A general index makes it easy to access the names of authors and subjects. This landmark reference should prove to be stimulating reading for the many political scientists, historians, sociologists, and economists, once engaged in Soviet studies and for the new generation of scholars who bring fresh analytical approaches to evaluating the region's politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313274664
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/23/1992
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

RAYMOND C. TARAS, has served on the faculty of universities in Canada, England, and the United States. Most recently, he has been National Fellow at the Hoover Institute on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. He is the author, editor of a number of books on communist and post-communist states, including The Road to Disillusion: From Critical Marxism to Postcommunism in Eastern Europe (1992) and Nations and Politics in Soviet Successor States (1992).

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